Coastal cruising - East
1 hr cruise – Combe Martin Caves
Heading up the Channel to the East, this cruise will take you along past Watermouth Castle to Combe Martin and the Smugglers Caves, with views of the Hangman Hills – the highest sea cliffs in the UK – and the stunning Exmoor coastline. The skipper will point out points of interest as you travel, and of course any wildlife such as dolphins, porpoise, seals and sunfish along with the varied sea birds that make their homes on our coast. You’ll drop into bays and coves along the way, and have plenty of time to kick back and relax aboard our comfortable vessel.
1.5 hr cruise – Hangman Hills and Exmoor’s AONB
A half hour longer than the Combe Martin Caves cruise, this trip takes you past Combe Martin to see the highest sea cliffs in the UK – the Great and Little Hangman Hills. You’ll also see the remains of the local silver mining operation and be able to enjoy the grandeur of Exmoor. As with the shorter trip, you’ll be shown the local sights and points of interest, and we always keep an eye out for wildlife as we sail.
1 hr and 1.5 hr Sunset Cruises
Our sunset cruises are always among the most popular trips we run. Depending on the length of the trip, your cruise will either take you along the Smugglers Caves route (1 hr) or will continue on to the east for the Hangman Hills and Exmoor’s ANOB trip (1.5 hr). You’ll get to enjoy the scenery and hear the tales in exactly the same way as the daytime trips, but it’s the journey back to Ilfracombe, into the unforgettable colours of the setting sun, that is the star of the show. A perfect trip for relaxation, rejuvenation or even romance.
2 hr cruise – Lynmouth
Our longest regularly scheduled cruise includes all the sights of the Smugglers Caves and Hangman Hills options, and then continues up Channel along the ‘wildest stretch of coastline to be found anywhere in England’ to Holdstone Down and the Sherrycombe Waterfall, used by German U-boats in World War II for fresh water. The majesty of the cliffs and sea caves that perforate them is a sight to behold, not least at the Valley of the Rocks, where you might spot the walkers of the Coast Path as they make their way along the side of the cliffs. You’ll arrive at Lynmouth, where you can see the Cliff Railway, one of only 3 water powered funicular railways left in the world, and the longest and steepest at that. This feat of Victorian engineering connects the town to Lynton at the top of the cliff, and has some of the best views in North Devon.
You might well spot the seabirds, including gulls, gannets and guillemots, nesting on the cliffs as you pass, and our passengers regularly spot the tell-tale dorsal fins of porpoise and even dolphins as they cruise. On warm days, you might even spot a seal or two basking on the rocks that rise out of the water.
All of our cruises (unless specified) are round trips with no option to disembark until the vessel arrives back at Ilfracombe. Transfers between harbours may be arranged privately by contacting us, and may be advertised on our website and social media pages if available.